In recent years online pokies and mobile gambling have very nearly taken over land based casinos in popularity among New Zealanders. It is the easy and comfort playing online and on a mobile phone affords that attracts so many.
That said there is nothing quite like playing the pokies in person, pushing that button and pumping that lever – that real life experience that is a most impossible to replicate online.
Thankfully New Zealand has some fantastic land based casinos offering the very best of gambling experiences.
There are currently six casinos scattered throughout the country, from Auckland right down to Dunedin making the industry industry here one of quality over quality. For this very reason, people come from all over the world to play in New Zealand casinos – particularly from Asia where there is limited access to high quality casinos.
The biggest of these casinos is considered to be SkyCity Auckland, Christchurch Casino and Dunedin Casino.
The following is a break down of everything you need to know about New Zealand casinos.
This gigantic casino is not only the biggest in the country but one of the most popular among tourists and kiwis alike. It was also the second casino in the country to open its doors in 2006.
Located on the corner of Federal street and Victoria street in Auckland, SkyCity Casino 24-hour casino is located in the base of Skycity hotel. The building boasts nine restaurants, eight bars, a health centre, swimming pool and convention centre. Then there is the huge and iconic Skytower looming over head which is a magnificent sight in itself to behold.
The casino meanwhile offers 1647 slot machines and 110 tables games which includes blackjack, roulette, poker and even bingo.
Yet another Skycity establishment, Skycity Hamilton offers a fantastic gambling experience. With 350 slot machines, 23 table games and an 80 seat bongo room, this casino has a lot to offer.
It is located on Victoria street right in the heart of the city centre which means it is convenient too.
It may come as a bit of a surprise but this casino was actually the first to open its doors in New Zealand way back in 1994.
Located on Victoria street in central Christchurch, this establishment has long been frequented by gambling enthusiasts from across the South Island.
It is known for its rather strict dress code which bars patrons from wearing jeans, work boots, tee shirts and track suits according to online gambling.co.nz. That said, the dress code hasn’t deterred punters.
The establishment offered a massive 500 pokies and more than thirty gaming tables. There are also three restaurants and two bars on the property which serve to enhance the gaming experience.
The Christchurch casino, also owned by Skycity, is the location of the New Zealand Poker Championships.
It may be one of the smallest in the country but this casino still have a lot to offer gamers. With almost 200 slot machines and seven game tables, including baccarat, blackjack, roulette and money wheel, and a large bingo room, there is plenty to keep you entertained here.
The unique thing about this casino is the exterior design of the building. Painted in a creamy beige colour the building, which was originally constructed in 1883, is like something out of an old movie.
The casino is located in the Southern Cross Hotel near to the city centre.
Home to 86 slot machines, 12 tables games so a drawcard for tourists and locals in the picturesque city of Queenstown. SkyCity Queenstown was the fourth casino to open its doors in New Zealand and continues to offer a great gaming experience.
Located on Beach street, this establishment is another Skycity acquisition. The corporate giant bought a 40 per cent stake in the casino fro Skyline Enterprises in 2012 according to onlinegambling.co.nz.
Located on the same street as the Skycity Queenstown casino, this establishment offers 75 slot machines and table games such as American roulette, blackjack and mini baccarat. Wharf casino also boasts a spectacular lakeside view and is located in the Steamer Wharf complex.
It to is owned by Skycity bringing their total number of casinos to five.
Where ever you go in the country a land based casino is never far. Just remember that you must play responsibly and be over the age of 21.